Working Clean: Behind the Success of Comedy Legend Tim Conway
December 04, 2013

By Carl Kozlowski, Contributing Writer Comedy legend Tim Conway won six Emmys in his 11 seasons as one of the stars of the legendary THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW before starring in a seemingly endless string of funny family films with Don Knotts (THE APPLE DUMPLING GANG). Even as he hits his 80th birthday in December, he remains highly active as a voiceover actor in countless cartoons including “Spongebob Squarepants,” as a guest star on sitcoms such as the hit “Hot in Cleveland,” and even in a nationally touring show where he scores laughs with other veteran comics on stages nationwide. Yet, his personal life is just as busy and successful, as he is the proud father of seven children, including popular conservative Los Angeles KFI-FM...
 

 
Angelina Jolie Filming Movie About Olympic Athlete/P.O.W. Redeemed by Jesus
December 03, 2013

By Tiffany Brannon, Contributing Writer Actress Angelina Jolie, like other powerful stars in Hollywood, has begun directing her own movies. Surprisingly, her next project is about a Christian athlete, with a script penned by the notorious Coen brothers (FARGO, RAISING ARIZONA, and TRUE GRIT). The movie, UNBROKEN, is based on writer Laura Hillenbrand's biography of Louis Zamperini, the Depression-Era Olympic track athlete turned World War II hero turned follower of Jesus Christ via a Billy Graham crusade turned internationally-renowned inspirational speaker. Talk about a cinema-worthy story arc. Born the son of Italian immigrants in 1917, Zamperini was a smoker by age 5, a school bully by third grade, and a menace to society by high sch...
 

 
Giving Tuesday – December 3
Giving Tuesday – December 3
December 03, 2013

More and more holidays are popping up that are dedicated to Americans purchasing new things. Billions of dollars will be spent on Black Friday and Cyber Monday alone, and while there’s definitely a benefit to purchasing your family’s favorite movies for a great price, many times the reason for giving is lost under all the consumerism. Many concerned Americans have seen this growing trend, and, thus, Giving Tuesday was born. On December 3, as all the retail stores are calculating their profits, Americans nationwide will be making donations to non-profit ministries. Giving Tuesday proves that holiday giving isn’t just about the latest gadgets, it’s about promoting values you and your family hold dear. It celebrates how Americans...
 

 
Weekend Report November 29-December 1, 2013
December 02, 2013

November 29-31, 2013       Select a studio's button to see that studio's 2013 Report Card Still hot HUNGER GAMES edges out FROZEN Stiil on fire HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE took a second weekend just ahead of an almost as hot FROZEN. THOR: THE DARK WORLD, HOMEFRONT and DELIVERY MAN rounded out the top five.   The next big movie coming is THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG on December 13, but HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE will be very hard to catch. It looks like the big winner of the season.   Color codes +4Exemplary +3Moral +2Good +1Worthwhile -1Caution -2Exreme Caution -3Excessive -4Abhorrent   The Hunger ...
 

 
Only God Could Write This Story. . .
November 29, 2013

By Jared Lafitte, Contributing Writer Imagine a scenario in which a multi-platinum selling rapper who captivates tens of millions with foul lyrics is brought to his knees before God and commits to change. He then takes his talents to the movie screen and reaches tens of millions more. It’s a real story. If God can save the rapper known as Ja Rule, God can save anybody. The New York-based rapper, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, grew up as a Jehovah’s Witness but eventually walked away from religious involvement. He rose to the forefront of the hip hop world in the early 2000s, producing hit songs with lyrics that would make any loyal Movieguide® reader shudder. Fast forward to 2013. Atkins was released from prison in May after ...
 

 
China Wants Film Rating System To Protect Families
China Wants Film Rating System To Protect Families
November 28, 2013

By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher Recently, an article in China Daily reported that China Consumers Association called for a film ratings system to protect minors from inappropriate movie scenes because many parents bring their children to movies as a family activity and have expressed concern over violent and erotic scenes. Regrettably, the mass media of entertainment, which is centered to a large degree in Hollywood, has become not only the primary teacher of children, but also the primary parent. According to Cornell University, thanks to a great extent on Hollywood, 9 out of 10 children abandon the values of their parents. That’s because the mass media of entertainment centered in Hollywood is redefining the norms of morals and morali...
 

 
Fulfilling a Boyhood Dream: Animator Mark Henn Discusses FROZEN and Working for Disney
November 27, 2013

  By Evy Baehr, Executive Managing Editor FROZEN is one of the best Disney princess movies in recent years. The story is about two sisters, Elsa and Anna, who were best friends. However, when Elsa cannot control her special ice powers, the two sisters are separated. When their parents tragically die, Elsa has to step up and become Queen. The two sisters have to be together again, but don’t know how to communicate properly. After getting in a fight, Elsa freezes the entire land and runs away. Anna knows her sister just needs to hear her apology, so she goes to find Elsa. FROZEN has a wonderful message about family and sacrifice. MOVIEGUIDE® had the chance to speak to Mark Henn about his role in the movie as an animator. Henn has been ...
 

 
Movies to be Thankful for!
November 26, 2013

Here are some of our favorite movies that relate to Thanksgiving and the virtues that make America great.   10.  AVALON 1990 The story of several generations of a family, from the arrival of immigrant Sam Krichinsky in the suburb of Baltimore called Avalon, down through his children and grandchildren. The holiday of Thanksgiving plays a crucial role throughout the film. Starring Armin Mueller-Stahl, Elizabeth Perkins, and Joan Plowright; directed by Barry Levinson.   9.  LITTLE WOMEN 1933 & 1994 Quality:   Acceptability: +3     The 1933 version with Katharine Hepburn and the 1994 version with Winona Ryder:  Louisa May Alcott's classic story of four sisters in Civil War era New England contains positive...
 

 
7 Wonderful Life Insights from FROZEN
7 Wonderful Life Insights from FROZEN
November 25, 2013

By Evy Baehr, associate editor of MOVIEGUIDE®  FROZEN is an animated comic fantasy from Disney about a princess who must convince her sister, the queen, to bring summer back after she uses magic powers to freeze the kingdom. FROZEN is not only a funny, entertaining movie, with incredible animation, its highly redemptive, moral premise shows that true love is sacrifice. Read the full review. Here are seven fun and important lessons that can be learned from FROZEN. 1. Don't stand too close to the fire.         2. Some things you may want aren't always the best for you.         3. Be happy with what God has given you.       4. It's always beneficial to reach out and help people, even if you don...
 

 
Weekend Report November 22-24, 2013
November 24, 2013

November 22-24, 2013       Select a studio's button to see that studio's 2013 Report Card THE HUNGER GAMES catches fire to take the weekend THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE opened to the second largest box office of 2013 coming within $10 million of IRON MAN 3. This is an amazing feat in that Lionsgate is not one of the big six MPAA studios and the budget was considerably less than several major studio tentpoles.   Disney/Marvel’s THOR: THE DARK WORLD cam in second and has barely made more in three weeks than HUNGER GAMES 2 made in three days. THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY came in third, DELIVERY MAN 4th and FREE BIRDS 5th. Disney’s FROZEN opens wide this week,...
 

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